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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-22-2014

Pittsburgh Press, July 22, 1914:

Pain and thoughts of injury disappeared when Guy Copeland, 22 years old, who had been injured in a ball game at Fifteenth st. [sic] and the Paseo, awoke from a semi-conscious condition and found himself in an undertaking shop, where he had been taken for treatment.
...
Copeland sprang from the table. It was too far to the door, and he plunged through a window, taking screen and all with him…Copeland forgot his aching head; he just kept on running…He finally was caught and the wound, which was not serious, was treated. “I thought they’d made a mistake and thought I was dead,” gasped Copeland.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 22, 2014 at 06:36 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sports Reference Blog: 1901-02 Orioles Removed from Yankees History

Baseball-Reference has made the move to dissociate the New York Yankees franchise from the 1901 & 1902 Baltimore Orioles (not connected to the current Baltimore Orioles franchise). [...] This move was precipitated by the BAL/NYY joint record approaching the milestone of 10,000 wins, which caused a reassessment of how we approach this move.

bobm Posted: July 21, 2014 at 08:33 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: history, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-21-2014

Milwaukee Journal, July 21, 1914:

President Frank E. Murphy of the Green Bay club, in a letter to President Frank R. Weeks of the W-I League on Monday, demanded that punishment be meted out to Catcher Snow of the Oshkosh club for throwing chewing tobacco into the grandstand during Saturday’s game.
...
In the affidavit it is declared the tobacco hit several women in the stand.

I guess it’s better than getting hit by a flying chair.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 21, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, July 18, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-18-2014

An account of the game of the year from the Pittsburgh Press, July 18, 1914:

In the sixth inning, Wagner singled, after Mowrey had been retired, and took third of [sic] Viox’s drive to center. Bescher pegged to Stock, but when the Giant third-sacker tried to locate the ball it was missing. Wagner jumped up and started for home, and as he ran the sphere dropped from his clothing…Umpire Byron called Wagner out for interference.
...
The decision caused a mighty howl, which was participated in by many of the players and by Manager Fred Clarke, who applied a flow of profanity to the umpire, which was anything but pleasing to the disgusted spectators who were forced to listen to it or leave the grounds. Mr. Clarke’s language on this occasion, or any other, will not win ball games. It is doing things - and doing them right - that counts in the records.

The whole article is worth a read if you have a couple minutes.

New York won the game 3-1 in 21 innings, a classic that included complete games from Rube Marquard and Babe Adams, Adams going 21 innings without issuing a walk, Mike Mowrey costing the Pirates a win by not running out a ground ball, and the goofy play mentioned in the excerpt.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 18, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, honus wagner

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-17-2014

Milwaukee Journal, July 17, 1914:

HAS DENT IN HEAD

George Weaver, captain and shortstop of the Chicago White Sox, who was injured in a collision with Demmitt, the left fielder, while going after a fly ball at Shibe Park yesterday, will probably be out of the game several days. Weaver has a dent in his forehead over his left eye as the result of coming in contact with Demmitt’s chin.

Seems like you’d get the exact opposite of a dent in your head if you ran into somebody’s chin.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 17, 2014 at 09:55 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: buck weaver, dugout, history, ray demmitt

John Feinstein: Len Bias, like Pete Rose, shouldn’t be in a Hall of Fame

A march to sheer madness…

There is no doubt a stain of mendacity on Rose that never fell on Bias. Rose repeatedly lied in depositions for the Dowd Report, the findings of which led to Rose accepting a ban from baseball in 1989. Rose only stopped lying about betting on baseball in 2004 because he was peddling a book and because he believed — as he said as recently as this week — that if he finally fessed up, Selig would reinstate him. He didn’t do it because his conscience caught up with him but because he was tring to sell books and because he thought he would get off the hook if he said, “Yeah, yeah, you got me.”

It hasn’t worked out that way. And Rose has become a pathetic figure, annually showing up on various media outlets during the all-star break to plead his case. His latest rationale is that what he did wasn’t as bad as what steroid users did. That’s debatable — but it’s also irrelevant to his case for induction.

There’s a character clause on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which is why no one should ever vote for Rose or any of those who took steroids and lied about taking them.

...In the cases of Bias and Rose, there is no ignoring the numbers — but they can’t stand alone in making final judgment.

Baseball was sullied and damaged by Rose’s actions, which should mean the privilege of being in the Hall of Fame is taken from him in spite of his remarkable achievements.

The same, sadly, should be true of Bias. There’s no questioning he lit up the Maryland campus for four years. But there’s also no questioning he left it in darkness for many years in the wake of his death.

Unlike Rose, Bias should be forgiven. He was young and foolish and paid the most horrible price possible for his mistake. But, like Rose, he should not be honored.

Pitied, certainly. But honored? No.

Repoz Posted: July 17, 2014 at 07:25 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-16-2014

Pittsburgh Press, July 16, 1914:

Eight of the Boston Redsox [sic] were chased from the bench by the umpires yesterday for making uncomplimentary remarks about the Cleveland players.

I find it fascinating that this is buried deep in the “baseball notes” column. If eight players from one team got ejected in one game in 2014, it would be the top sports story everywhere in the country.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-15-2014

Pittsburgh Press, July 15, 1914:

A dispute over the color of uniforms is said to have a large part in the breaking up of the California State league, which has disbanded.
...
The freeholders of Modesto got up and declared themselves. The had had an independent team known as the Modesto Reds, which wore red uniforms; they put it in the state league and the uniforms were changed in color. If the State league backer would consent to Modesto’s team wearing red uniforms they would back the game; if not, by heck, they wouldn’t because there wasn’t no goshdanged good to their town in having a team that didn’t wear colors that were distinctly Modesto’s. The other towns wouldn’t agree to the red uniform proposition and the league was buried.

Eh, you can have a league without Modesto. Modesto is not that sweet.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, overreaction

With hitting down, should MLB lower the mound?

Or as pulse of the notion, Keith Hernandez said about the death of Tommy Ramone: “Hey, you come and go. They had a good run.”

From his vantage point in the New York Mets’ broadcast booth, former NL MVP Keith Hernandez has an unusual analysis and an equally drastic solution.

“They should get rid of four teams,” he said. “Too many players. There’s too much dilution of talent. The pitching’s not better. It’s the same.”

“I think that the residuals of steroids and aluminum bats has affected how they taught kids how to hit, and now we’re seeing normal bodies and balls that used to get out of the ballpark are caught now,” he said.

...From the seventh inning on, baseball resembles the 1960s, the greatest era for pitchers since the lively ball days began in 1920. The .241 batting average in the late innings is the lowest since STATS’s records began in 1974, and teams are averaging just 1.30 runs - not much incentive to keep fans in stadiums or watching their televisions.

“Obviously the real ‘solution’ here is to ban setup men and closers,” ESPN’s Keith Olbermann said.

“I’m not sure lowering the mound would have much impact. Does a lower mound transform strikeouts into homers? Viscerally this doesn’t even feel like the results of cleaning out PEDs, because batters continue to hit the ball harder and farther - and less. Ultimately this seems like just more in the decades-long transformation of batting into mere swinging,” he said.

Baseball remains the most traditional of American sports. Change comes slowly - widespread instant replay for umpires only began this year.

“I would be reluctant to lower the mound further,” said John Thorn, MLB’s official historian, “as this might be using a sledgehammer to swat a fly.”

Repoz Posted: July 15, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 172 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rod Carew: Former Twins Oliva, Kaat, Morris deserve place in Hall of Fame

I haven’t seen twins neglected like this since Poto and Cabengo!

Rod Carew, the hall of famer and former Twin who was named to 18 All-Star Games and will make the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Target Field, served on the Expansion-Era Hall of Fame committee that in two weeks will induct ex-managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre in Cooperstown, N.Y.

But with a proviso.

“I told the president of the Hall of Fame that the only way I would be on that committee is if I could be on the next committee when (former Twins teammates) Tony (Oliva) and Jim (Kaat) come up (for election),” Carew said.

That will be the Golden Era Committee. Carew, a seven-time batting champion, wasn’t a member of that committee that in 2011 elected just one candidate, Ron Santo, to the Hall of Fame, but left Kaat as a runner-up for election. Oliva finished fourth in that voting.

The next Golden Era Committee voting will be in December. Oliva turns 76 next Sunday. Kaat turns 76 in November.

“(Kaat and Oliva) definitely deserve to be there,” Carew said. “Not only those guys, but it hurts me that (St. Paul native Jack Morris) is not there. Here’s a guy that was so dominant for so many years and deserves to be there, and they keep (inexplicably) bypassing him.”

Repoz Posted: July 14, 2014 at 06:01 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: history, hof, twins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-14-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, July 14, 1914:

“Baseball-football,” a combination of the diamond and gridiron sports originating in the mind of Herman Brosoweska, director of the [Detroit] board of education’s model playground center, was conceived to satisfy 200 schoolboys.

A very large, but light, ball is used. The pitcher tosses the ball to the batter at a level of one foot above the ground. Football tactics are employed by the batter, who kicks the ball. The usual rules for fielding and base running are used. A runner is called out only when he has been hit fairly with the ball.

So…kickball, I guess? Seems more like “baseball-association football” to me.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 14, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Friday, July 11, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-11-2014

Washington Herald, July 12, 1914:

Boston, July 11—The Red Sox took a fall out of the tail-end Naps here to-day, beating them 4 to 3 in a game that was hard-fought all the way. “Baby” Ruth, the $25,000 Baltimore star, opened in the box for the winners, but game way to a pinch hitter in the seventh, when the score was three all. Leonard finished up. Mitchell did the hurling for Cleveland and was hit hard at opportune times by the home team.

Duffy Lewis: The first man to pinch-hit for Babe Ruth in the big leagues.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 11, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

When a bat boy went to a Paul McCartney concert with Mark Fidrych and Tom Veryzer

The Old Red Rose Speedway Barn…ugh. Guess the Death gig was sold out.

On Saturday, May 8, just a few weeks prior to The Bird becoming the most famous player in all baseball (at least all baseball in 1976), I had the good fortune of hanging out with him. Paul McCartney and his newly formed band were in the middle of their “Wings Over America Tour,” and Tiger shortstop Tom Veryzer and I planned to go hear them the night after an afternoon game between the Tigers and the White Sox. We decided to meet at the Lindell AC for a burger and beer before going to Olympia Stadium to hear the famous Beatle in concert. Detroit was one of only six states where the McCartney band was going to appear for more than one night. The show we were headed for was completely sold out, just as it had been the previous night.

...A little more than halfway through the evening, Fidrych said he was going to go to the concession stands to get a beer. We decided to stay put and waited until he returned. Twenty minutes or so went by, and no Bird. Finally, I turned my head around to see if I could spot him making his way back to us, and sure enough, I could see him. However he wasn’t on his way back. He was standing in long line to the girls’ bathroom directly behind the section we were sitting in, and he wasn’t alone. He had found two very attractive blonds who were there all by themselves. Apparently he had started a conversation with them on his way back to our seats on the steps. The ladies were on their way to the bathroom, and he decided to stand in line with them and continue the conversation. It did not end there, either. I watched as the line drew closer to the bathroom entrance, and I could see he was not going to wait outside for them. I tapped Veryzer on the shoulder (he was sitting in front of me) and pointed out what was going on. Tom giggled.

“Watch,” he said. “He will go right into the bathroom with them.” And he did!

Remember, this was 1976, long before girls started going into men’s bathrooms at concerts and sporting events – something they started doing sometime in the ’80s or ’90s, or maybe even later. This kind of thing was taboo back then, and I thought for sure Fidrych would end up with cops going in and carrying him out of there. But, alas, none were around. He disappeared into the bathroom with the girls and reappeared about ten or fifteen minutes later and headed toward us. He sat down behind me as we acknowledged his return. He grinned to us and said, “Got them.”

“Got them, what?” we replied.

“Got both their phone numbers, and I told them I’d be calling one of them tomorrow, but I didn’t tell them which one.”

Veryzer said, “Did you ever think of introducing one of them to us?”

“Nah,” he said. “I’m not sure which one I like better, but when I do I’ll see if the other one would like to meet one of you.” We all chuckled and went back to watching the remainder of the concert.

Repoz Posted: July 11, 2014 at 07:35 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: history, tigers

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-10-2014

Washington Times, July 10, 1914:

The Boston American League team today purchased of the Baltimore International team Pitcher Ruth, Catcher Egan, and Shore, paying in the vicinity of $30,000 for the three men.

President Lannin, in making the announcement, would not state the exact amount, other than it was in excess of the $25,000 offer he made for Ruth, Shore, and Derrick when the Boston club was in Washington last week.

Worth every penny.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 10, 2014 at 09:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, ernie shore, history

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-9-2014

Pittsburgh Press, July 9, 1914:

Ossie E. Schreckengost, aged 39, better known as “Schreck,” former battery mate of “Rube” Waddell, died here today of a complication of diseases. Although ill for the past two years, his condition was not considered serious until yesterday, when he collapsed in a cafe.
...
He caught for the Mackmen 10 years.

Waddell passed away in April 1914, just three months before his batterymate. Seems odd that a pitcher and catcher who worked together so frequently would die young so close to each other.

Schrecongost (there are a number of spellings that get used, but this is what BB-Ref uses) was a pretty good player. Played 11 years in the majors, career .271 hitter, top ten in the league in dWAR three times. Got some mild HOF support for a few years, but was never a legitimate candidate.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:16 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, ossee schrecongost

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-8-2014

Washington Times, July 8, 1914:

While [Baltimore owner] Jack Dunn will not admit it, deals have been practically consummated by which Shortstop Claude [sic] Derrick and Outfielder George Twombley [sic], of the Orioles, will soon be wearing Cincinnati uniforms, while Birdie Cree, the highest priced fielder in the International League, will go to the New York Americans.
...
With the information concerning the probable sale of Derrick and Twombley also come several other rumors. One is to the effect that President Lannin, of the Red Sox, offered Dunnie a big pile for Ruth, Shore, and Twombley. The Oriole leader, however, denied that Lannin had made any proposition, and added that the Red Sox did not want any of the Orioles.

That’s probably for the best. I can’t imagine that Ruth guy being a good ballplayer.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 08, 2014 at 07:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, ernie shore, history

Monday, July 07, 2014

Autin: Scoring is down (again). Should something be done?

Yes, but recalling Tucker Barnhart is not it.

So, what should be done?

Perhaps there’s a way to discourage so many pitching changes. One idea for the AL (although the union would fight it) is to link the DH to the starting pitcher: Once the starter exits, the reliever must take a spot in the batting order. He wouldn’t have to take the DH’s spot, as rules already permit the DH to move to a fielding position, with the pitcher batting in place of the exiting fielder. This would be some deterrent to pitching changes generally, but especially to mid-inning changes, as skippers would have to make multiple lineup decisions without knowing what game situation they’d face in their next at-bats. It also might help swing the roster balance back towards position players, as deeper benches would be needed to keep the relievers from having to bat.

A modest idea for the NL, to discourage mid-inning pitcher changes, would be to ban the “double-switch” solely in those situations: A pitcher brought in mid-inning would have to bat in the spot occupied by the current pitcher. This might not have as big an impact as the DH innovation, but it would target situations in which a fresh pitcher has the greatest drag on scoring, whether by gaining a platoon edge (see Doug’s recent study), or simply by being at top strength.

Other rules could be tried to restrict mid-inning changes. So far this year, 28% of all relief stints have lasted two outs or less, and 16% lasted two batters or less. Both have doubled in frequency since 1989. What if a reliever had to stay for at least three outs or three batters, with exemptions for injury and perhaps one free exemption per game? As a bonus, such limits would reduce one of the dullest aspects of watching a major league game.

If the goal is to get scoring levels closer to historical norms, the best approach might not be to tinker with the balls, bats or mounds, but to encourage a return to how the game was played before 1990. I’m no grandpa grouching “get off my lawn!” I just think that curbing short relief stints would lift the number of balls hit onto the lawn. It might pressure starters into a little more pacing, to go a little deeper into games. Whether the score winds up 4-2 or 8-5, our game should be more about batted balls, fielding and running, and less of this endless parade of fresh arms blowing 95-mph smoke past a couple of batters.

Repoz Posted: July 07, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-7-2014

Washington Times, July 7, 1914:

“Iron Man” McGinnity, president of the Tacoma, Northwestern League club, formerly a big league twirler of renown, is enthusiastic today over a ground drying machine he has invented. The machine is similar to a huge blow torch, is about four feet long, and mounted on three wheels. Four distillate burners furnish the heat. After a hard night’s rain McGinnity claims the machine will dry out the diamond in two hours.

Well, it might, as long as Juan Pablo Montoya doesn’t run into it.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 07, 2014 at 07:38 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, joe mcginnity

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Bill Madden: Mediocre Yankees and Mets just part of MLB’s offensively challenged, endless games

And scroll down to where Madden squeezes out a foundation deposit for the ‘77-’78 world championship Yankee teams.

Now that Alex Rodriguez has been revealed to have even been doping as a Yankee, and in particular his 2007 MVP season, should the title of Greatest Yankee Third Baseman revert to Graig Nettles? That would be the Graig Nettles who spent 11 seasons as a Yankee (as opposed to seven for recently plaqued Tino Martinez) and was a five-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, defensive hero in the Yankees’ victorious 1978 World Series against the Dodgers. The same Graig Nettles whose 250 career homers were sixth on the all-time Yankee list when he retired. And, yes, that would also be the same Graig Nettles who does not have a plaque at Monument Park and who wasn’t invited to Old Timer’s Day this year, the same day his best friend, Goose Gossage, got his own plaque in Monument Park. I suppose there’s some reason why Nettles is now persona non grata with the Yankees, just like his fellow ’77-’78 world champion Yankee hero, Sparky Lyle, who only won a Cy Young Award for them. But whatever it is, the Yankees need to get over it, with both of them. Life is too short, and Nettles was one of the most popular Yankees and the greatest player at his position for them. Is it something about the ’77-’78 Yankees they now somehow want to distance themselves from? Catfish Hunter, the cornerstone player of those teams, Hall-of-Fame historic Yankee as the first free agent in modern baseball history, George Steinbenner’s first free agent, is nowhere to be found in Monument Park either.

Repoz Posted: July 06, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Kepner: Hitters in M.L.B. This Season Have Struggled at Historic Rates

I lived through Jose Vidal once…ain’t doing it again.

As teams passed the 81-game midpoint of the season, they were averaging just 4.13 runs per game through Wednesday. If the average stays at that level through the end of the season, it will be the majors’ lowest mark since 1992. Strikeouts continue to rise; walks and home runs continue to decline; and the major league batting average, .251, is the lowest since 1972, the year before the creation of the designated hitter.

A stronger testing program for performance-enhancing drugs, more sophisticated analysis of hitters’ tendencies, a changing amateur scene, and, especially this season, a sharp increase in defensive shifts have coalesced to help the pitchers — with no end in sight.

...If pitchers are not recording strikeouts, they are often daring hitters to put the ball in play. The avalanche of data in the modern game naturally benefits pitchers, who control the action, more than hitters, who simply react. Teams are more aware of hitters’ tendencies than ever, and many have responded with extreme defensive alignments.

According to Baseball Info Solutions, an analytics service that provides most teams with data, major league teams are on pace to use almost 14,000 shifts on balls in play this year, which would shatter last year’s record of just over 8,000. In 2011, the service counted fewer than 2,500 shifts.

This trend, naturally, turns many would-be hits into outs. Yet hitters, so far, have been slow to adjust, partly out of competitive pride.

...The game remains interesting for those who love it, and it probably always will. But baseball is different than it was just a few years ago, and nobody knows quite when, or how, the hitters can reclaim an edge.

Repoz Posted: July 05, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: fselig, history

Friday, July 04, 2014

Erardi: Billy Hamilton plays like greats he doesn’t remember

Where have you gone…Lefty Gomez?

Over the years, the same has been true with all the great center fielders, from Willie Mays to Jim Edmonds and Andruw Jones and the Reds’ Eric Davis.

But it goes back even farther than that.

I related an anecdote to Hamilton that dates back to 1937.

New York Yankees pitching great Lefty Gomez was talking to rookie center fielder Joe DiMaggio one day after a game the Yankees had lost on a deep drive that one-hopped the center field wall at Yankee Stadium.

Gomez: “How come you were playing so shallow on that one, Joe?”

DiMaggio: “I’m gonna make ‘em forget Tris Speaker.”

Gomez: “You keep playing there, you’re gonna make ‘em forget Lefty Gomez.”

News flash to Lefty: They’ve already forgotten you—or at least Hamilton has; he didn’t seem to recognize the name, and I’m not sure he even recognized the name of DiMaggio, either—but he laughed at the story, because he got the point.

Almost four score years later, the Gomez-DiMaggio story still resonates.

Hamilton has gone to most of the Reds pitchers and told them that he’d like to play shallow.

“They’ve all said, ‘Do it,’” recalled Hamilton. “Cueto and Homer (Bailey) have told me point blank, ‘If they hit it over your head, it’s my fault.’ That gives me the confidence to play shallow. The pitchers hate the cheapies. They’d rather give up something hit hard than a broken-bat blooper.”

Repoz Posted: July 04, 2014 at 06:11 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: history, reds

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Brosnan dies at 84

Before there was Ball Four, there was The Long Season, and Jim Brosnan.

Bruce Markusen Posted: July 03, 2014 at 08:26 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: history

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-3-2014

[Phoenix] Arizona Republican, July 3, 1914:

GIRLS! LISTEN, THE NEW PLAYERS ARE HANDSOME

Three handsome youths are en route to Phoenix to sign up with the Riverside team. At least Manager Barrett says they are handsome, and what he says goes—for it’s good publicity and may attract the girls. Incidentally that also may be credited to the above mentioned far-sighted manager.

They may or may not be able to play baseball, but they sure are dreamy.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 03, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Grantland: The Pitching Championship Belt, Part 1

• The goal is to identify the pitcher the majority of baseball fans would have picked as the best pitcher on the planet at the end of the season. You know, Family Feud style. Imagine a poll in the back of Baseball Digest or Sporting News where only people who really cared about baseball responded.

• That means we have to measure it in statistics that most fans use. Yes, I think pitcher wins are basically a useless statistic, just like you do. But we’re in the minority. So wins, ERA, strikeouts, and innings pitched are the four numbers I’m relying upon most heavily.

Happy Jack, take a bow.

Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 02, 2014 at 01:46 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: history, lists, pitchers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-2-2014

Pittsburgh Press, July 2, 1914:

Pitcher Elmer Daily, of the Allegheny Steel team of Tarentum and Brackenridge, killed a dog with a batted ball Tuesday evening at Peterson park when the Steel team was practicing. A dog was chasing the ball over the field when it seized a hot one from Daily’s willow too soon after it had left the bat. The drive turned him end over end and left him inert on the ground.

:(

No snark today. Just a “that really sucks”.

Jerry Lumpe Rutherford (Dan Lee) Posted: July 02, 2014 at 07:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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